Monday, April 26, 2010

Touched by your words~

~My Mom's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies~

I am humbled by the number of emails, cards and warm thoughts expressed due to the passing of my dear Mother {in law}. I do loath the "in law' part of that title.

I suspect that there are Mothers-in-law that may be suited to be referred to as 'in law', but mine was not.

Jean was an amazing Mother, wife, sister, friend and Mother {in law}.

Unfortunately my own dear Mother and Jean never met. My Mom passed away just shy of a special visit by my husband's parents soon after we were married.

But Jean and my Mother shared many of the same special qualities of a Mom.

Both of these Moms were incredibly proud of the accomplishments of their children.
Both put family first.
Both were fabulous wives.
Both took great pride in being fit, trim and always 'put together'.
Both of these women enjoyed a great glass of white wine.
Both loved a day of shopping with their daughters.
Both shared the joyful innocence of an infant.
Both of these women could enter a room and leave it speechless.
Both found peace in Sunday Mass.
I could go on and on about these two women- the two women that have shaped my life.

The two women that I will be forever grateful for including as my role models.

The two women that will be forever missed and loved beyond measure.

~My Mother {in laws} Favorite Hot Fudge Sundae~
Love you and miss you~
I cannot post this without mentioning my former Mother-in-law.
Yes~ I was married many years ago to a man than has remained a good friend to my husband and me. He is the father of my only son and his dear Mom and I share a wonderful friendship.
I am Blessed with the most wonderful Mothers.


  1. Dearest Debra~
    What a glorious tribute to the women who 'shaped your life'! I'm so sorry to read of your loss, and I can only hope that you find comfort in the many memories shared with the ones you hold so dear and loved so deeply.
    Mothers are incredible souls, and you have been very lucky to be loved by and to love so many!

  2. Debra, Know that I am thinking of you often and keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Art by Karena

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  4. I'm so sorry for you and your husbands loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers I hope your hearts heals soon and her memories hold strong. You have been blessed to have such wonderful women in your life and with that we are all lucky to know you and the kind women you are. Hugs to you and hubby.

  5. I second the Frau's comments. You were very lucky to have had such a wonderful mother (in law). She sounded like a very special lady and her loss will be so sorry. xoxox

  6. You are a wonderful, appreciative daughter too and clearly carry their values on. The ripple effect through generations. Condolences. xx

  7. Jean was so fortunate to have you Debra as her daughter-in-lady. (in-law)
    I adore my own Mother-in-law and my Mother and I love all the times they met and spent with one another, even though that was a few years ago. May the memories of her sweetness added to your life bring you peace. My sincere sympathies to your families. Long live the ladies in our lives. Ladies truly are special, even if they are not blood. You are special to me!

  8. Debra - it is obvious that you honor the women in your life, who you have been very close with. Your Family of women must be very beautiful, gentle yet strong and wonderful role models. You are so very fortunate to have this in your life.

    I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Deborah, I have a sneaking feeling Jean felt the same way about you. A true blessing to be surrounded by wonderful women in your life called mother. You are a friend to many including me. My sweet friend I'm sending warm hugs to you and John. xo

  10. What a sweet post! Your former mother-in-law must have been a wonderful woman. And to keep a friendship with a former husband is not easy to pull off. I know about this too!


  11. I am so sorry for you and your husbands loss. You were blessed to have such a dear mother in law. It is clear to see how much love was and still is there. You and your family have my prayers.

  12. So sorry to hear of this. You are in my thoughts. And, yes, you are blessed. The love in your life is so obvious and real in each and every post you do!

  13. I have also been blessed to have been mothered by other women besides my late Mother - I am very grateful for these blessings. Trust that your Mother and Mother-in-Law remain alive in the women that you honor.

  14. Debra, what a lovely tribute to two wonderful women and aren't you lucky to have had them in your life. I hung onto every word you wrote here....just beautiful. You are blessed to have been surrounded by such strong and caring women. Wouldn't it be interesting to create a Lifescape around them? What an interesting story that would tell! Just a you know I am always thinking :)

    Jeanne xo

  15. I'm so sorry to visit and find that you've lost someone so dear to you. What a lovely tribute you've posted to her. You'll be in my thoughts.


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